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Martha Slagle Rutherford

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Martha Rutherford, 90, of Canyon died Saturday, August 2, 2008, in Amarillo. Celebration of life services will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at the Friona United Methodist Church in Friona with Rev. Ron Colwell, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Friona Cemetery by Blackwell Funeral Home.
Martha Narcissus was born July 9, 1918, in Worth, Missouri to Roy and Corda Shaw Slagle. The family migrated to the Texas Panhandle in 1920 by wagon and train. They disembarked at Conway and lived in Panhandle, where she attended grade school. He father was "Wheat King of Carson County" in 1928. They later moved to Friona where her family farmed barley, wheat, and corn. She graduated from Friona High School in 1935. She later attended Draughon's Business College in Lubbock where she met her future husband, Ted Rutherford. They were married December 31, 1939, in the Union Congregational Church in Friona, the town's first church.
When World War II broke out, Ted went to work in the Henry J. Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, California. Martha found employment in their personnel department. She cried at every ship launching knowing it would be taking a shipload of men to the War zone in Europe. In 1943, twin boys, Wayne and Warren were born in Berkley, California. The family returned to Clayton, New Mexico in 1945 where they ran the Hilltop Dairy, which was the first dairy in the area to provide pasteurized milk. In 1954, their youngest son, Keith was born. They moved to Amarillo in 1959, where Martha worked at Montgomery Ward for 16 years. They then moved to Tucumcari, where she was active in many civic clubs. In 1992, she returned to Friona where they lived until they moved to Canyon in 2001. Ted and Martha enjoyed summers at their family cabin in Ute Park, New Mexico and spending time at Ute Lake in Logan. She was a devoted Methodist and had been awarded a lifetime membership in the UMW for all her service. She had also been presented with a "Golden Star" celebrating over 50 years in PEO.
She was preceded in death by Ted in 2004 and her brother Tilden, in 1968.
Survivors include three sons, Keith Rutherford and wife, Kimberley of Amarillo, Warren Rutherford and wife, Sue of Puyallup, Washington, and Wayne Rutherford of Florissant, Colorado; grandchildren are Dr. Tara Rutherford-Lawless of Round Rock, Jason David Joos of Fort Worth, Haley Rutherford of Lubbock, Kaitlin Rutherford of Amarillo, Texas, Ty Rutherford of Edgewood, Wahington, Tawna Gogolin of Lake Tapps, Washington and Krista Higgins of Florissant, Colorado; great grandchildren are Taylor, Taryn, Jordan, Jada, Kayla, and Brandyn and many beloved cousins.
Family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church, 1818 4th Ave., Canyon, Texas 79015 or the Friona United Methodist Church, 301 E. 8th, Friona, Texas 79035.
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